Wright, Lizz - Every Grain Of Sand Lyrics

In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need
When the pool of tears beneath my feet flood every newborn seed
There's a dyin' voice within me reaching out somewhere
Toiling in the danger and in the morals of despair

Don't have the inclination to look back on any mistake
Like Cain, I now behold this chain of events that I must break
In the fury of the moment I can see the Master's hand
In every leaf that trembles, in every grain of sand

Oh, the flowers of indulgence and the weeds of yesteryear
Like criminals, they have choked the breath of conscience and good cheer
The sun beat down upon the steps of time to light the way
To ease the pain of idleness and the memory of decay

I gaze into the doorway of temptation's angry flame
And every time I pass that way I always hear my name
Then onward in my journey I come to understand
That every hair is numbered like every grain of sand

I have gone from rags to riches in the sorrow of the night
In the violence of a summer's dream, in the chill of a wintry light
In the bitter dance of loneliness fading into space
In the broken mirror of innocence on each forgotten face

I hear the ancient footsteps like the motion of the sea
Sometimes I turn, there's someone there, other times it's only me
I am hanging in the balance of the reality of man
Like every sparrow falling, like every grain of sand

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  1. Ekk Dolvik

    Incredible. When I hear this I realized just how inadequate Bob Dylan voice is.

  2. BB Wolfe

    How could anyone give this a thumbs down! So good in so many ways. Floored me!! Impeccable!

  3. Joseph LaCerra

    Beautiful version, although I'd have turned the piano down a smidge.

  4. Dee Mack

    This is beautiful. However, the piano is too loud. Otherwise, beautiful.

  5. Bent Warburg

    So beautifull. So Sincere. From my heart - Thank You

  6. Voo

    one of the most profound things I have ever heard!!!oh, my! what poetry!

  7. Ken Mannagh

    To the song the pianist the singer .....WOW ! Absolutely wonderful , touches my soul as music should , sung with such soul , WOW again ! Beautiful . Thankyou .

  8. Carl Pop

    This is proof of the existence of God. Thank you for blessing the world with this your talent in this performance.

  9. KSarah Sarah

    The Dylan emotional complexity has been removed here.

    Emmet Lyons

    Each to their own. But a massive Dylan fan, this is just magical and beautiful. It's just words and melody, like the grains of sand, and I for one am thankful that this version exists. Slot alongside Emmylou. Thank you x

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  11. Rinifi

    The piano drowns out her vocal performance. It needs to play second fiddle to the vocalist.

  12. Delores Muldrew

    Lizz Wright’s voice is intoxicating!

  13. James Skene

    Best Snoop Dogg video ever!!

  14. tofty21

    As a Bob Dylan fan, I can say that this is absolutely beautiful. You've captured the essence with both the vocals and keyboard.

  15. Josep Calmet


  16. murp h

    Lizz ranks as one of the best we have ever had. A magnificent talent

  17. Dimitrios Vouharas

    .... bella , bellissima , bravo !!!

  18. Blue Soul Reggae

    Ohh ffs ! Not another great vocal from the gorgeous Lizz

  19. Incline Thine Ear Music

    The song is a miracle and so is this rendering.

  20. richard Goodman


  21. Carmel Crowley

    One of my favourite poems, thank you Robert


    call him Bob. or Zimmy.

  22. Ekk Dolvik

    Wow, this one gets better each time I listen.

  23. Ekk Dolvik

    Cool and powerful. Good work.

  24. roballen2/offical

    Beautiful, perfect! The best version I ever heard. You show something deep just hearing the deep beauty of this song.
    All Positive,

  25. Erica Pritner

    This song moved me beyond words - beautifully done!

    K C

    It's a really good Bob Dylan cover! One of his most underrated songs. The studio version isn't perfect, but the demo versions are great for his 80s standard.

  26. murp h

    The best female American vocalist w

  27. Casual Observation

    God sings through you these timeless truths that Dylan wrote. This song needed your voice; your soul coming through your voice is just so genuine. Beautiful ❤️

  28. Lloyd Norwood

    Um, gorgeous.

  29. Fabian Thomas

    Simply beautiful.....

  30. Freewheeln Freewheeln

    Absolutely beautiful

  31. Timothy Snyder

    Incredibly beautiful

  32. Chuck Celemin

    Emmy Lou or Lizz? Call it a draw. Damn that was good.

  33. Sean Honan


  34. Kenny Leluma

    I can repeat this again and again and again.....and again...

  35. martijn brussee

    beautiful.. love it😊

  36. Mark Smith

    She has an amazing voice. I believe that this is the greatest song ever written.

    K C

    Dylan has like 100 songs that are contenders for greatest song ever written, doesn't he? It's so crazy.


    One of them...for sure.

  37. Tregenza Roach

    Why am I sobbing? This angel's voice speaks to my soul....

  38. Zimium

    I disagree. Amy Helm version is much better. Besides she has to read the lyrics, throwing off the timing twice, and she sings the :old: last line which Bob changed... Bad. :)

    Jessica Rojakovick

    Did Bob Dylan officially change the last line of the song? I've always liked "in a perfect finished plan" better. I'm thinking of engraving the lyrics on something. Thanks!


    No. The website still reads "I am hanging in the balance of the reality of man" but nearly all live recordings use the more religious line "perfect finished plan".. I guess you could find out by searching all live recordings on the web and pin point the change in time... Good luck.


    Also I believe that some designer printed cloth bags with this song title... I saw a woman with such a bag a few years back near Montreal.

  39. Disciple3D

    Well she certainly sounds like an angel.

  40. Judy Armstrong

    So beautiful and soulfully sung and musically played . You have captured the writer's meaning ,.
    I hope he agrees . Peter behind my Judy

  41. Giacomo Schmitt

    This song was just waiting for this wonderful version.

  42. Bubbacat54

    Very good version.......well done girl....you did the master proud.

    michael clarke


    “Well done girl”?? Really?

  43. Sweetmelody2011

    Wow. I saw her opening for Van Morrison in Stuttgart, but she didn't sing that one. Pity.

  44. peerman2006

    Bob Dylan wrote this.


    Yes. She done the definitive version, right here.

    michael clarke

    It’s missing those sweet harmonica breaks. Beautiful voice...but nobody delivers like his Bobness.

  45. mats ollermark


  46. Larry Harris

    Beautiful. Best version yet.

    Emmet Lyons

    The only other version I know is Emmylou. This ranks beside that for sure. What other ones should I listen to?

  47. Terry Coleman

    beautiful rendering!

    (btw, at first glance it looked like keyboardist was Snoop doing Stevie.)

  48. Gianni toky

    pure talent! so good

  49. Martina Rudančić

    volim ovu pjesmu, predivna Lizz, tvoja je izvedba nadahnuće, zanos i preporod

  50. August Barnett

    so adorable and talented